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What Acronym have you encountered today?

Post 1

SashaQ - happysad

A good acronym can be a great way to remember key aspects of something while also providing a handy way to refer to it. Sometimes, though, acronyms can be really weird. I encountered a spectacular example today:

coMpliAnce with evideNce-based cliniCal guidelines in the managemenT of acute biliaRy pancreAtitis (MANCTRA)

Have you seen any other interesting examples?


What Acronym have you encountered today?

Post 2

paulh. Trump's behavior is unpresidented

I misread a post on facebook. A friend wrote about getting birthday wishes from FB, which I misread as FBI.


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Post 3

Baron Grim

Heh, for the last 25 years I've worked in the place where acronyms and initialisms breed without restraint, NASA. Here often acronyms are even nested, with individual letters abbreviating further acronyms.

I work for NASA, at JSC for the IRD. When I first began working here would work during STS missions on ESC in the POCC in the MCC.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Johnson Space Center
Information Resource Directorate
Space Transport System (Shuttle)
Electronic Still Camera
Payload Operations Command Center
Mission Control Center

Here's a VERY abbreviated list of NASA acronyms and initialisms (it doesn't even include many of the acronyms I used when I worked shuttle support, like ESC and the acronyms I've since forgotten for the folks that handled the file downloads directly from the shuttle and the communication system we used between various groups/people. I think that one was called DIVAS for something like Dynamic Integrate Voice Audio System, or maybe just D-VAS? It's been over 20 years, I've slept since then.


http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/632702main_NASA_FY13_Budget-Reference-508.pdf


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Post 4

SashaQ - happysad

smiley - laugh Yes, that would be a surprise to get a birthday greeting from the FBI!

Those are great acronyms, Baron Grim smiley - ok

Thanks for the link - very interesting reading smiley - ok Have to be careful with acronyms, though, as they can cause confusion eg if the ASAP needs ASP ASAP (Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel needs Airspace Systems Program as soon as possible) smiley - laugh


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Post 5

SashaQ - happysad

CoNNeCT (Communications, Navigation, and Networking reConfigurable Test Bed) and EXPRESS (EXpedite PRocessing of Experiments to the Space Station) are good ones, too! smiley - laugh

I see what you mean about nested acronyms - ELVIS being ELV Integrated Support smiley - laugh


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Post 6

Baron Grim

That's more of an extension to a previous acronym. Here's a good example of a nested acronym.

First we have OSIRIS-REx ~ Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith
Explorer (OSIRIS-REx is a NASA asteroid-study and sample-return mission. The mission's primary goal is to obtain a sample of at least 60 g from 101955 Bennu, a carbonaceous near-Earth asteroid, and return the sample to Earth for a detailed analysis. According to Wikipedia)

On OSIRIS-REx is OCAMS OSIRIS-REx Camera Suite

Notice the O stands for the entire previous acronym, OSIRIS-REx.


What Acronym have you encountered today?

Post 7

Baron Grim

Bit of editing trouble there, there should be a dash, line break or something to more clearly show OCAMS alone for clarity.


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Post 8

Icy North

One of my favourite acronyms is the popular virtualisation technology ESXi (a VMWare product). Most people don’t realise that it stands for “Elastic Sky version 10”.


The acronym which most makes me laugh is FEX - a Cisco network technology (standing for Fabric Extender). Most people don’t know that FEX is a Latin word - it’s the singular form of the word Faeces.


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Post 9

Baron Grim

smiley - laugh

That reminds me of an old local joke. Not far from JSC is University of Houston, Clear Lake Campus (UHCL). Back when I was in college at a nearby community college (San Jacinto Community College or SanJac) there was a joke, posed as a rumor that UHCL was going to be privatized and become the Clear Lake Institute of Technology, but they were afraid no one would be able to find it. smiley - evilgrin


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Post 10

You can call me TC

A comedy sketch on this subject. It's fast moving so you have to watch it twice. Maybe slow it down (haven't tried that)

https://youtu.be/KUS3LOU5ZqQ
http://youtu.be/KUS3LOU5ZqQ


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Post 11

You can call me TC

Part 2

https://youtu.be/W_w1zvaI8lM
http://youtu.be/W_w1zvaI8lM


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Post 12

You can call me TC

Sorry, forget that first one

Should be

https://youtu.be/pBw2WNzdCfU

http://youtu.be/pBw2WNzdCfU


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Post 13

Baron Grim

Definitely worth turning on Closed Captions.


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Post 14

SashaQ - happysad

Ah, I see - yes OCAMS is an impressive nested acronym!

That is another thing to be careful of with acronyms - what they spell and whether that has another meaning! smiley - evilgrin

Those are funny videos - thanks TC! I particularly like the bit about the employee who is off SICK (Skiing in Canada with Kevin) smiley - laugh and the alphabet sentence is very cleverly done!

I found another weird acronym today - Predictive mOdelling for hEalthcare through MathS (POEMS). Better than PMFHTM, but I'm not sure it is particularly helpful...


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Post 15

Baron Grim

Those need a different term than "acronym". Acronyms use INITIALS, as in the initial letters of words. For those that force a pronounceable term using various letters within the words, I suggest Randonym.


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Post 16

SashaQ - happysad

Yes indeed - I approve your suggestion of 'randonym' smiley - ok


What Randonym have you encountered today?

Post 17

SashaQ - happysad

I found another funny randonym today!

IMPeCCABLE - IMPacts of Cooking and Cleaning on indoor Air quality: towards healthy BuiLdings for the futurE

smiley - laugh


What Randonym have you encountered today?

Post 18

Baron Grim

< cringe >


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Post 19

paulh. Trump's behavior is unpresidented

Some acronyms have mnemonic value, e.g. HOMES, which is the first initial of each of the Great Lakes.

That video about river cruises reminded me of the time I was in Prague with a touring chorus. We boarded a boat for an evening cruise of the river, because the lighted buildings on either shore were gorgeous by night. There was a local folksinging group that entertained us. (When you've been singing a lot, it's nice to be sung to.)


What Randonym have you encountered today?

Post 20

SashaQ - happysad

Yes, acronyms can be handy as mnemonics smiley - ok

That's what I don't understand about randonyms - if the word itself doesn't relate to the component words, and the chosen letters are random, they don't help to make the concept memorable...

IMPeCCABLE is a particularly fine example, given that there isn't even an 'e' in Impacts of Cooking smiley - rofl

Fun to make more up - I thought this morning about
JOhN - proJect abOut guiNea pigs smiley - rofl


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